2019-08-14 E-Edition

Summer camps provide positive student impact

Though school has resumed for Blount County students, the numbers for the 34 summer camp programs are just rolling in. The Blount County Education Foundation (BCEF) summer programs began on May 28 and ended on July 25, just two weeks shy of the 2019-2020 school year. In all, 1,200 students participated in the summer program and kept from experiencing the […]

Parsons on the run

James Williams Parsons III, a former employee of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, is on the run for alleged crimes committed in Blount and Jefferson counties. In Blount County, Parsons is wanted for a misdemeanor harassment case set before Circuit Judge Steven King. The case was appealed to King’s court after a March conviction in district court. King revoked Parsons’ […]

Gospel Choir 2019

Warm up your pipes and practice your hymns for the 14th annual Blount County Gospel Choir concert.This year’s concert will be held at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church on Sunday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. All are welcome to this musical occasion. “The impromptu choir consists of members from different churches in the county with some returning from other places, […]

‘Light the Town’ campaign underway

With the goal of raising money to replace the city’s former rooftop Christmas lights with clear, energy-efficient LED lights, the Oneonta Business Association launched the “Light the Town” campaign in June 2019. The projected goal of $10,000 will only cover Phase 1 of the project, which will allow for the purchase of heavy-duty, commercial-grade socket stringers and LED lights. Additional […]


BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATS ANNUAL GATHERING will be Friday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m., at the home of Paige and Diane Cutcliffe, 435 Lakeshore Circle, Highland Lake. Tickets are $25 each. Phone Mike at 205-274- 7954, Mattie at 205-274- 7190, or Paige at 205-274- 4178 to purchase. NARFE The National Association of Retired Federal Employees is dedicated to safeguarding and enhancing the […]

Reader Writes

Dear Citizens of Blount County, If you’ve ever thought about solar panels for your home, church, or small business, be aware that Alabama Power charges a fee – a tax – for each solar panel. That monthly fee ($5 per kW) may not seem like a lot, but over time, it will cut your savings in half and double the […]

Between the Lines

I don’t know if you all have noticed, but my little hometown’s downtown is bustling. I remember being 16… not that long ago, but kind of a long time ago… and driving through downtown Oneonta. Out of all the available locations for stores and businesses to operate, maybe five to six buildings were occupied. I didn’t think much of it […]

Weevil time

County Agent’s Corner

We are definitely in the dog days of summer! Some folks have had adequate rainfall while others could still use a shower or two. Water is critical at this time of year if you want to produce a good pecan crop. Individuals have reported pecans dropping off the trees. This could be due to a heavy crop load and lack […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 12, 1937

Sheriff continues war on all law violators First week in office finds sheriff making many arrests. Sheriff Ed Miller Sunday afternoon brought to Oneonta and lodged in jail Nim Brown, charged with attempted murder and disturbing public worship. According to the sheriff, Felton Snell and Brown got into an argument at Mt. Zion Church, near Moore’s Store and during the […]